Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Golden Wedding Anniversaries

Morris (Doc) and Maggie Carlyle Pinkstaff 1955
Mr. and Mrs. Morris (Doc) Pinkstaff celebrated their golden wedding anniversary November 14, 1955, at their home in Birds. On November 11, 1905, Maggie Alice Carlyle, daughter of Samuel I. and Mary Cochran Carlyle was united in marriage to Morris Wardell Pinkstaff, son of Jasper and Mary Wampler Pinkstaff. The ceremony was performed at Westport, Illinois in Lawrence County at the home of Terry Smith, Justice of the Peace.  Onetia Carlyle Spicer, sister of the bride, and Will Lackey were the witnesses.  The couple went to housekeeping east of Birds on a farm. Mr.Pinkstaff worked the last seventeen years at City Cigar Store, in Lawrenceville. 
Albert and Hattie Fritchie Wagonseller 1955
Mr and Mrs Albert Wagonseller celebrated their golden wedding anniversary August 7, 1955 at their country home in the Bee Branch neighborhood.  Hattie May Fritchie, daughter of Lydia and Joseph Fritchie and Albert Wagonseller, son of Anna and James Wagonseller, were married August 5, 1905 at Pinkstaff with Mr and Mrs Charles Fritchie, brother and sister-in-law of the bride as witnesses to the ceremony.  The couple moved to the farm where they lived the first 50 years of their marriage.

Mr. and Mrs. Jake Vaught were married April 7, 1901, at Pinkstaff Ill. and celebrated their golden wedding anniversary at their home in Flat Rock April 8, 1951, where they have spent most of their married life.  They are the parents of six daughters. (The newspaper did not give Mrs. Vaieught's name.....)

Monday, November 19, 2018

Ooh La La!

Ooh La La! Here are our 1920s Dolls.

This 18” Lenci or Lenci-Type doll has painted features with large wide eyes.  Her brightly colored costume and face have faded somewhat.  The Doll is made of Pressed Felt and crowned with a mohair wig.  When these dolls were made they were expensive for their time, and were usually collected by adults rather than played with by children.    Circa 1920s on

This 22” French Smoker Boudoir Doll might be a Lenci Doll. She is a bed doll with a felt head and clean clear painting on her face, holding a cigarette in her lips, with a mohair wig and wearing a red felt lounging suit.  The doll retains her original shoes and is in excellent shape.  These types of doll were made by various French, US, English and Italian firms and served primarily as bedroom decorations.     Circa 1920s-1940s.

This is a typical Boudoir Doll with a silk face, painted features, and a mohair wig.  The doll is not clothed but retains her original shoes and part of her original hat.  Circa 1920s to 1940s.

Saturday, November 17, 2018

Updates November 2018

Stop by the History Center to see the dolls that belonged to Elizabeth Ann Dunseth. Mondays 10-3, Thursday 3-6 and Sundays 1-4. The dolls above are hand made and hand painted paper sculpted dolls on a wire frame base, and are well known in Mexico.  This type of doll or figurine is usually shown with farm animals, baskets or pottery.  (Two of ours are holding pigs...) Called the Viejos or Peasant People, each 12" sculpture is one of a kind.

When we posted the blog about Beulah Church holding sunrise services at Red Hills State Park, D. Sebright responded: The windmill that the Cross was mounted on, came from the farm of Pete and Annie Buzzard, probably donated by their son, who was the President of Eastern Illinois University.  (Sebright lived east on the next farm across the highway on Route 50.)

Also D. Dasch noted that we had misspelled the mayor's name in the post about the retirement of Police Officer Stivers.  The name should be Mayor George McFarland, not McFarlane.  George McFarland was the father of his Uncle (Lowell George McFarland). 

Thank you to all who read the blog, and help us get it right!  

Friday, November 16, 2018

Another Chicken Story

November 7, 1907
Sumner Press


A shooting affray has excited the inhabitants of the little village of St. Francisville because of the prominence of the parties involved. Sunday, M. J. Murphy, a prominent farmer, who lives about two and one half miles from town, returned home after a brief absence, and found a man busily engaged in shooting his chickens.

The man had killed six that he had piled up and was shooting at others. This naturally excited the owner, who started to run for the field where the slaughter was taking place. The man with the gun, who later proved to be Wesley Barnett, son of one of the most prominent residents in St. Francisville, yelled, "Don't you come over the fence or I'll kill you."

Murphy, not daunted, kept running toward him despite the screams of his wife.  Barnett picked up his gun, a short shotgun, and began to shoot at him. He fired three shots, two of which struck Murphy in the breast. Murphy continued to run until he reached the young man, who then took the gun and began using it as a weapon. He struck Murphy over the head and arms and a battle began for possession of the gun.

In their hard-fought battle, the men covered almost a quarter of a mile of territory. Finally, Murphy got possession of the gun.  The young man then exclaimed,"Uncle, you won't kill me will you?" Murphy, who up to this time had not recognize his assailant, answered, "No, if you will just leave," which the young man did with the utmost speed.

Mr. Murphy telephoned for Marshall Brubeck, but no trace of the young man could be found. The only theory his friends can advance, for his peculiar and uncalled for actions, is that he must have been drinking, as he is known to be addicted to the drink. Mr. Murphy's wounds were dressed and he is getting along nicely. The nerve he displayed in running toward a man who was shooting at him repeatedly, was quite remarkable and shows the stuff in which he is made.

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Lawrence County Speedway 1949

Vincennes Sun Commercial June 6, 1949
Vincennes Sun Commercial September 23, 1949

4-H Camp

When Memorial 4-H Camp near Monticello was in session July 11-14,  the following members of Lawrence County Clubs were in attendance.

The first row (left to right) are: Donald Stevenson, Art Sechrest, Nell Zehner, Carla Cessna, Norma Hardacre, Joyce Coffey, Shirley Conover, and Harold Stevenson.

Second row (left to right): Barbara Stevenson, Ellen Fitch, Karen Fitch, Bobby Read, Leone Green, Harlene Craig, Frances Able, Jean Able, Emma Cognat, Ann Mitchell and Jo Whittaker.

Third row ( left to right): Harlie Legg, Assistant Youth Advisor Joe Faggetti, Farm Advisor Lyle Kerley, Clarence Brown, Ronald Crawford, Barbara Burgoon, Lawrence Cognat, Home Advisor Margaret Bunyan, Maxine Cummins, Tonya Roberts and Helen Barrett.  Pat Swarens is missing from the picture. 
(Ed Note:  It is believed this article in the paper with accompanying photograph was taken in 1954.)

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

John W. McCleave's Diary 1885

The Western Sun, on September 25, 1885, published an article about Tom A. Hall of Lawrenceville, who was charged with robbing the county treasurer, John W. McCleave.  Hall had been employed as a clerk by McCleave, and surreptitiously, obtained knowledge of the combination of the safe in the Courthouse. He then, frequently slipped a key from the county clerk’s office that enabled him to enter, while Treasurer McCleave was at dinner; Hall would then steal five or ten dollars at a time.  He continued this for a long time, working in a very shrewd manner, but was finally caught by some very clever detective work by Sheriff Ed Ryan and Mr. McCleave, himself.

One of the grand jury members leaked the information before Hall’s arrest and Hall got wind of the matter and vamoosed, according to one newspaper reporter. Deputy Sheriff A. L. Irwin then learned that Hall was in Columbus, Ohio, and telegraphed the chief of police there to arrest and hold him.  It was believed that Hall had stolen as much as three hundred dollars. He was said to have had some expensive living habits, and as he was very popular, this was named as the cause of his crookedness.

Tom Hall was well known in Vincennes. He occasionally visited there in the company of Lawrenceville belles, and generally managed to cut a six-foot swath on every appearance.  On one of his visits, he even impersonated the treasurer of Lawrence County and collected from a Vincennes lady, an amount just over nine dollars, due on some land owned by her in Lawrence County.  The 
Vincennes newspaper reported on September 25th, that Hall was in the Lawrenceville jail.

None of this was mentioned in John W. McCleave’s diary for 1885 in the possession of the Lawrence County Historical Society.  Following is a transcription of the diary.

In 1885, John W. McCleave was the County Treasurer and lived on a farm located near where the Lawrence County Country Club is now.  He was 48 years old and had been married to his wife, Elizabeth for seventeen years. His entries are brief, with notations of the days he worked in the office, things he did on the farm, and funerals he attended. The names mentioned were often people to whom he loaned money or ones who repaid on their notes.  Because of his limited education, his grammar, spelling and handwriting are difficult to decipher.

People mentioned were Chas. Teschemacher and Wm. Spencer.  (Several other names were included but not transcribed.)

General Summary: McCleave sold 376 lbs. of wool; pitched wheat, cut oats, worked on wire fences, went to Birds for a Soldiers’ Reunion, threshed 509 Bu. of wheat and 11 Bu. of oats, went to the Old Settlers Reunion at Allison; planted walnut trees, tied straw around apple trees; made an onion bed; killed a hog and salted the hams.  He also included in his diary, a recipe to restore gray hair and stop nose bleeds, as well as a recipe to treat inflammatory rheumatism. 

Some interesting notations on these dates (annotations and research in italics)

September 11, 1885: A.M. Swineheart’s wife’s funeral (Nannie or Nancy J, died September 10, 1885, age 30 years, 1 months, 26 days, of an abdominal excess.  Children:  Rossie R., son, died June 24, 1884, aged 9 months, 6 days, Lyddie H., daughter, died July 7, 1885 age 6 days.)

September 20, 1885: funeral of M. Fyffe’s baby (boy, 9 months 20 days. Death caused by Dropsy of the brain.)

December 10, 1885:  Golden wedding anniversary (of his parents, George and Mary Ann (Robinson) McCleave. They were married December 10, 1835, in Lawrence County.)